Dallas Cowboys: Reasons Fans Can Trust Tony Romo Again in 2012
When the 2012 NFL season kicks off, members of the Dallas Cowboy faithful will be able to put their trust in Tony Romo once again.
Here, we will explain the reasons why Cowboys fans will have to find another scapegoat if things go haywire this season.
Romo has been the least trusted person in the Texas area for about four years now, but times are changing. After a solid year last year, you can actually trust the smile of the Cowboys QB.
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All eyes are on the Dallas Cowboys defense this season after a horrible showing last year. It was clear that the defense was the weakest point of the Cowboys attack.
In the Detroit Lions game, the Cowboys were up by at least 21 when things went downhill. Mathew Stafford and Calvin Johnson made the defense look like a junior high team, as they rallied a comeback to beat the Cowboys.
The week following, Romo led a late-game scoring drive and then watched the defense let Tom Brady drive down the field to win the game.
The quarterback's job is to put points on the board, and that is exactly what he did the whole season. The problem was the defense gave those points right back on multiple occasions.
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After a a full season last year, the time is now for Jason Garrett. Being in the Big D, the expectations are high.
After five Super Bowl rings, the Cowboys and Jerry Jones are hungry to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
The pressure is on for Garrett, who will have to accomplish something the Cowboys haven't done since 2009—make it to the playoffs and win a game.
The big spotlight will be on the coach before the quarterback this year.
Real Weapons Now
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The offensive side of the ball is loaded with weapons like Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and DeMarco Murray. This is the first time that Tony Romo has actually had a plethora of options since he put on the blue and white jersey.
Since 2006, Romo's only real target was his roommate, Jason Witten. The problem with that was he couldn't stretch the ball downfield with a deep threat like Bryant or Austin.
Now, even if Romo is having an off day with his passing efficiency, he can always just hand the ball to the one-two punch of Felix Jones and Murray.
Now is the time to see how Romo will utilize his weapons on offense.
Toughness of Romo
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Tony Romo showed a lot last year after coming back from multiple injuries.
After a heartbreaking Week 1 loss—when glimpses of the old Romo showed after a game-blowing interception to Darrelle Revis—fans lost trust instantly and believed it was going to be another long year.
The next week, Romo showed something that he had never shown before: toughness and determination to win.
After a punctured lung and broken ribs against the San Francisco 49ers, Romo returned to the game to lead the Cowboys to an overtime win.
The weeks following, Romo was still banged up and continued to play with a protective vest, never with any complaints.
This is the type of toughness you want to see from one of your captains, that injury means nothing if you're trying to get a win.
Time Is Now
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The time is now for the Cowboys and three-time Pro Bowler Tony Romo to win the Super Bowl that Jerry Jones has longed for.
This is going to be Romo's seventh year as the Cowboys starter, and many expectations have not been reached. Just like Jason Garrett, if the Cowboys don't make a noticeable improvement, Romo's job will be on the line.
Romo knows it, too, as the whispers are getting louder in Texas.
This shouldn't be an impossible task for No. 9, since he has increased his numbers every year and has matured into a great quarterback.